Earthquake rocks Carlsbad and other parts of southern New Mexico

CARLSBAD — Merchants in downtown Carlsbad asked each other, “Did you feel that?” Wednesday afternoon after what was believed to be an earthquake that shook parts of southern New Mexico.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 5.3 earthquake centered in Toyah, Texas, just across the Texas-New Mexico border.

The earthquake was reportedly felt as far west as Las Cruces and as far north as Alamogordo.

Eddy County Emergency Medical Services chief Jennifer Armendariz said as of 2:55 p.m. no problems or damage had been reported, including power outages

Outside Treasured Moments, a downtown Carlsbad store on Canyon Street, owner Catherine Shelton said she was hanging up Christmas lights when her ladder and storefront began to shake.

“Everything started shaking and rattling,” she said. “I thought they might be doing some heavy construction work.”